Introducing Robinson Crusoe Island
The Robinson Crusoe Island Resort covers all of this small, coral island. Fringed by gorgeous white sand, it’s moved away from its former backpacker party-island image, and the upgraded accommodation reflects this shift. Small, simple bure and ‘lodges’ – very smart, light and airy stand-alone rooms with private bathrooms – had a facelift in 2011 and dorms were about to go under the knife when we visited. The bucket-showers in the shared bathrooms remain a source of entertainment and/or frustration.
Popular day tours three times a week are the resort’s backbone. The entertainment program is intense and some will undoubtedly find it a little tacky – your boat is ‘attacked by cannibals’ on your arrival. On the days when day trippers visit (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, adult/child $149/75 including Nadi and Coral Coast transfers), the entertainment ramps up to overdrive and before long you’ll find yourself singing, dancing, coconut-cracking and bula-ing to your heart’s content. Kids, old and young, love it. Buffet meals are served in a large horseshoe-shaped shelter surrounding a sandy central area used for performances.
The run-off from the mainland has killed much of the coral and consequently the snorkelling isn’t particularly good. If you are keen to see more spectacular marine life, suit up with Reef Safari, who run the dive concession here (one-/two-tank dives $120/225).
Getting stranded on Crusoe outside of day tour days involves a bus/boat return-transfer from Nadi operated by the resort ($99).